Join in the celebrations!
Every season brings an occasion to celebrate in the Grand Haven area. First up in the spring are the Chilly Blues, Lubbers Cup Regatta, and Great Lakes Kite Festival. Summer pops with a premier lineup, including the Spring Lake Heritage Festival, Sand Sculpture Contest, Grand Haven Art Festival, 4th of July Fireworks, Coopersville Summerfest, and the nationally-renowned Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival. Fall is honored with September’s Salmon Festival, Grand Haven Artwalk, GVSU Lakers football games at Lubber's Stadium, and the Famous Pumpkin Train in Coopersville. It may be cold outside, but hearts are warm when the Grand Haven community presents its traditional Jingle Bell Parade to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus. Attending Winterfest in January is a long standing tradition, as families enjoy activities such as the cardboard sled race and dog pulls.
Join us in celebrating all that makes our area unique and attractive.
Form & Function
Form & Function - Ethnographic Art from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Form and Function explores the idea that the everyday can be beautiful. Through a carefully curated selection of objects culled from the collection of local resident David Baas, visitors are exposed to an array of beautifully made pieces intended to perform everyday functions such as storage, cooking, protection from the cold, and the like. Many of the pieces exhibit careful repairs, which illustrate the value that is placed on them by their makers and users. A lifetime collector, David's extensive travels in India, China, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Africa, and Southeast Asia have allowed him to amass a wide ranging and culturally diverse collection consisting of more than 300 objects, a sample of which is represented here. The exhibited collection includes pieces made of ceramic, wooden, textile, metal and basketry that date from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Baas received a Bachelor's degree in English from Hope College and a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics from Arizona State University, Tempe. He became a teacher of English as a second language in Japan and Saudi Arabia. During his teaching sojourns and travels, Baas became intimately aware of the art and artifacts of the cultures in which he was living, and his appetite for collecting began. Patience, restraint and a discerning eye have produced a collection of objects that are superior to selections offered by street vendors or at tourist market stalls. In the exhibit, this discernment is evident in that a large part of the experience for the visitor is seeing the mute signs of use that the pieces display. The wear and repairs to the objects as they were used in daily life have created a beautiful patina, which has been carefully preserved.
See the museum website for hours of operation. Free admission.
Traditional Irish Music Session @ Fenian's Irish Pub
A tradition for over 14 years. Sit back and enjoy with a Guinness or join in. Irish musicians are warmly welcome. Never a cover charge.
Fenian's Irish Pub